This should keep the kids happy to eat a balanced meal for the rest of the times.
Some treats could include small chocolates, a packet of crisps or a meal from a fast food restaurant or takeaway.
Consistency is key when trying to help your child eat healthier, research shows that children who have initially rejected a food must continue to be exposed to it between 8-10 times for the food to be accepted.
A good idea is to try the “one bite rule” which means that whenever a rejected food is served as part of the meal, ask your child to take at least one solid mouthful. In time the child will begin to enjoy it more and more.
Don’t Be the Food Police
A common misconception among parents is that forcing your child to finish the food they don’t like will encourage them to eat it more often.
In actual fact doing so will just encourage more rebellion, instead stock your home with healthy foods, that way when the child wants to eat they will be more likely to pick the healthy option themselves.
Recommended Weekly Food
Children should be eating meat and poultry from three to four times a week plus two or more portions of fish per week. The fish should be an oily variety such as sardines, salmon or tuna as opposed to the usual fish & chip shop fish (although this is perfectly acceptable to have as a controlled treat).
Children should also have three portions of dairy products per day which can include a glass of milk, yoghurt or some cubes of cheese.
Promoting Healthy Eating at School
In recent years schools have been pushing towards serving healthier meals at lunch times thanks to chefs like Jamie Oliver. Healthy eating will help towards improving children’s learning and concentration.
School lunches have evolved considerably in recent years, especially since we saw the introduction of free school meals to all Key Stage 1 children in September 2014. Since this change there has been an overhaul in the food that is being served now. It is a mix of much healthier and more balanced food now as opposed to the school lunches that you and I were once eating.
It is important that schools encourage and promote healthy eating and also provide children with an encouraging environment to do so.